Senior Pastor, Marlon Saunders

Pastor Marlon Saunders is a 5th generation Pentecostal preacher with roots that are directly connected to the 1906 Azusa Street Revival. Being the grandson of an Apostolic Bishop, Bishop John E. Sheriff, and the cousin to one of the most beloved former Presiding Bishops of the Church of God in Christ, Bishop Louis H. Ford, preaching the Gospel of Jesus Christ is embedded throughout the lineage of Pastor Marlon Saunders.

Pastor Marlon was licensed as a Minister at the age of 19 within the United Council of Christian Churches – an organization in which his grandfather served as the Founder and Presiding Bishop. At the age of 21, Pastor Marlon was ordained as an Elder within the church.

Pastor Marlon blends the Psychology that he studied at Howard University, the Theology that he studied at Life Bible College (and currently at Grand Canyon University), the Real Life that he studied just by being a human being, the humor that he inherited naturally from his “never a dull moment” family, with the Revelation that he gets from God, to present a relevant, right-on-time, direct word from God, every time he is afforded the opportunity.

Pastor Marlon was a spiritual son to Bishop Dennis Leonard.  At the passing of Bishop Leonard on November 1, 2018, the Board of Heritage Christian Center unanimously chose Marlon Saunders as the person to step into the shoes of Bishop Leonard to continue the legacy and vision that built Heritage Christian Center.

Pastor Marlon is the very proud husband of Tamara Saunders – and the very proud father of 3 children; Mason, Sydney, and Maxwell.  Pastor Marlon continues to find comfort on a daily basis through one of his favorite scriptures, Philippians 1:6, being confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ”